Tigers recognized for perfect season
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM
CHICAGO – Having finished the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with a perfect 11-0 record, and doing so without allowing a single goal to be scored against them, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team received some much deserved recognition on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Tigers collected a league-high seven all-conference selections, while Coach Bill Bahr was selected as Coach of the Year and Elisabeth Wahl was named Freshman of the Year.
Seniors Devin Johnston, Meghan Pipal and Wendy Espejel, along with Wahl were all named as All-Conference First Team selections. Johnston (Bloomingdale, Ill.), anchored a defense which not only did not allow a goal in conference play, but also only allowed 99 total shots and 25 shots-on-goal. She also added two goals and an assist. Pipal (Wheaton, Ill.), a midfielder, finished the season with four goals and four assists. Espejel (Ontario, Cal.) finished the season with with 10 shut-outs in goal, allowing just six non-conference goals to be scored against her.
Wahl, a forward from Homer Glen, Ill., made an immediate impact on a team full of upperclassman. She led the Tigers with nine goals and three assists. Five of her nine goals were game winners, including two in the same week when the Tigers defeated Robert Morris University (Ill.) and Trinity International University (Ill.) in the middle of their conference championship run.
Making up the All-Conference Second Team selections were seniors Emma Reutter and Katina Holm and sophomore Katie Smith. Reutter (Mason, Mich.), a midfielder, finished the season with six goals and an assist. Holm (Antioch, Ill.) a defender was instrumental in the Tigers defensive domination. She also finished with a goal and three assists. Smith, a forward from Spring Lake, Mich. finished with three goals and an assist.
Coach Bahr led the Tigers to an overall record of 16-3 and a fourth trip the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers are currently ranked 11th in the NAIA Coach’s Poll and reached as high as eighth during the season. The 11-0 record with 11 shuts-outs was a first in CCAC history.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The pairings and host sites of the opening round will be announced at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. The Tigers are expected to host.